Osborne named Brandy Producer of The Year at the International Spirits Challenge 2020
El Puerto de Santa María, 23 November 2020.- Osborne has been named Brandy Producer of the Year at the 25th International Spirits Challenge, the most respected and influential spirits competition in the world, organised by the prestigious British magazine Drinks International.
The prize was awarded following a rigorous judging process involving more than 1700 entries from almost 70 countries around the world, making this a truly global competition. The selection by Drinks International is recognised by many of the world’s leading spirits producers as the international standard for quality and excellence.
Discussing this year’s competition, International Spirits Challenge director Justin Smith said: ‘The ISC is now in its 25th year and it is firmly established as the premier event for celebrating outstanding spirits from across the globe. Our team worked tirelessly...and the results highlight just how much dynamism, innovation and quality there is in the global drinks industry’.
For Osborne’s Master Blender, Ignacio Lozano, ‘winning the Brandy Producer of The Year award is a recognition of the hard work of my entire team, as well as the expertise acquired over more than 200 years, which has been passed down through the generations like a priceless heirloom and without which none of this would be possible’.
Brandy de Jerez: Global Success Through Local Tradition
Brandy de Jerez has gained immense popularity around the world, particularly in Germany, China and Switzerland.
Being named the world’s best brandy producer at the International Spirits Challenge 2020 is also recognition of the excellent quality achieved by the company’s skilful artisans, as well as their dedication.
Such exceptional quality is ensured by a quality control process which encompasses every stage of production, beginning with the distillation of white wine at its century-old distillery, where the very best holandas are made.
The base wine used for brandy is particularly important, as its quality and nuances are unlike those found in the majority of other spirits, making it very different from whisky, which uses grains, or rum, which uses sugar cane, to give just two examples. As such, Osborne uses only the very best white wine, which is distilled in copper stills, the result being extremely aromatic and elegant distillates with unmistakable nuances of wine.
Osborne then ages its brandies at its bodega in El Puerto de Santa María, a southern Spanish town firmly in the Sherry Triangle. All the casks used, known locally as ‘botas’, are made from American oak, can hold 500-600 litres and were previously used by Osborne to age its very best sherries over a period of 25-30 years.
It is here that its brandies age and mature, acquiring their uniqueness and complexity, as well as absorbing aromas from the oak and sherries which once called these casks home.
Carlos I 130 Aniversario: Victory in the Brandy Category of the ISC Tasting Awards
As well as being named the world’s best brandy producer, one of Osborne’s most iconic brandies, Carlos I, has been awarded a trophy for this exclusive edition created to mark its 130th anniversary.
The masterpiece has been crafted to impress even the most demanding taste buds, thanks to its exceptional elegance. It is a luxurious limited edition for brandy lovers, made by completely emptying, for the very first time, two of the century-old solera casks containing drops of Carlos I which date back to 1890 and once used for the very best Olorosos and Amontillados.
The Master Blender for Carlos I, Ignacio Lozano, has worked with extreme care and followed age-old tradition using holandas aged over decades from the Osborne family’s private collection to create this exclusive brandy, of which only 1665 bottles exist in the world, each one numbered and personally signed by Ignacio. With an average age of 20 years, each drop is truly a journey through time.
Throughout its 130 years of history, Carlos I has conquered the global market and is now present in more than 40 countries, including Germany, where three out of every five brandy consumers opt for Carlos I. Part of its uniqueness comes from the fact that it is aged in American oak casks, which are around 60 years old and were once used to age the very best Amontillados and Olorosos over a period of 25 years.
Since 1772, Osborne has been committed to the future and the company will continue to work hard to bring enjoyment and authentic experiences to its customers through its products. Throughout its history, Osborne’s mission has been to bring authentic products to its customers and strive for excellence, something it has achieved thanks to its visionary spirit and commitment to society, which is channelled through the work of the Osborne Foundation.
The company is the owner of internationally renowned brands such as Cinco Jotas 100% Iberian acorn-fed ham, Bodegas Montecillo rioja wine, Carlos I brandy de Jerez and Nordés gin, to name but a few. Its products are currently present in more than 50 countries around the world. As well as producing and selling its own brands, the company also distributes leading third-party products in Spain, including Piper-Heidsieck champagne, Brockmans Gin, Russian Standard Vodka, Zubrowka Vodka, Flor de Caña Rum, 100 Pipers Whisky, Passport Scotch Whisky, Disaronno and Tia Maria.
Osborne is also the owner of the legendary Toro de Osborne, recognised around the world as one of the most successful brands in the history of advertising and an icon of Spanish culture.
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